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Stories of our Lives

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CREATION is John Collee’s screen adaption of Annie’s Box by Randal Keynes OBE, a British conservationist, author and great-great-grandson of Charles Darwin. In this intimate exploration of his famous ancestry, Annie’s Box, subtitled Darwin, His Daughter, and Human Evolution we learn about the relationship between Darwin and his daughter Annie whose early death deeply affected him and his views on religion.”This book by Darwin’s great-great-grandson draws on family records as well as much other material to provide a full and vivid account of the tragedy (of a daughter’s death) and its impact. Randal Keynes brings out the deep emotionality of Darwin’s nature and demonstrates how far he was from the caricature picture of the dispassionate intellectual.”

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Questions For Discussion (tbd)

  1. What biblical stories does 'Creation' remind you of, and why?

  2. Darwin seemed unable to reconcile God and the evolutionary process. What would you say to him if you had the chance?

  3. The movie seems a lot about loss and death, but also about new possibilities. What do you think was lost as well as found?

  4. The movie's creators condensed Darwin's failing health, his grief over his daughter, and the writing of 'The Origin of Species' as if they were concurrent events. Is this fair? Is there something gained by this method?

  5. Why do you think Emma finally gave her blessing to the book's publication?

  6. The 'ghost' of Annie plays a major role in the movie. What is her role in the movie?

  7. What happened at Malvern that enabled Darwin to finish his book?

  8. Some people speculate that if God created the world, one would expect there to some signs that this is the case. What do you think about this?

  9. Why is there something rather than nothing?

  10. Do you think Darwin killed God? Why or why not?

  11. Here are three views relating science and religion:1) God and science are irreconcilable since there is no evidence for God; 2) Science is God's way of creating and of thinking God’s thoughts after God 3) Religion explains how the world was created . Which makes most sense to you? Why or why not?

  12. "What are you afraid of? It's just a theory." "It changes everything. Suppose the whole world stopped believing that God had any sort of plan for us? That nothing mattered, not love, not trust, not faith, not honour. Only brute survival?"If there is no God and no real moral categories, does it ultimately matter what people believe or what they do one way or another?

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